Japanese at UNC

JapanThe Japanese Program at UNC stresses acquisition of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Classes at all levels are performance-oriented, geared toward oral and written proficiency in Japanese, and taught in Japanese. Students develop critical thinking skills as well as independent learning skills as they acquire familiarity with modern Japanese language, literature, and culture. Extra-curricular activities, such as the Japanese Language Club, encourage cultural awareness and promote organizational and leadership skills.  Contemporary Japanese (JAPN 116) offers a basic understanding of Japanese culture and society, and is conducted in English.

Students can study elementary through advanced levels of Japanese at UNC and can supplement their study at UNC with one of several UNC exchange and study-abroad opportunities. Currently, students can apply course work in Japanese to majors in Asian Studies, or International Affairs, or to minors in Asian Studies. For students who want to spend summer in Japan teaching English, there is an opportunity to work as USA summer camp counselors in Japan.  Graduates can pursue internships abroad to continue improving language skills and gain experience in areas such as business, education, or government work.

Students completing advanced level work in Japanese can pursue graduate study in Japanese, Asian Studies, Japanese History, International Affairs, or other related fields in which proficiency in Japanese language and culture are desired. Students who combine their language study with other fields such as business, political science, international trade and relations, economics, or anthropology, can become involved in careers in international business, world affairs and government, translation, social work, or the arts. The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) is popular among graduates.  This is a great opportunity to work in Japan as an Assistant English Teacher.

Placement in the Appropriate Japanese Course


Students with no experience in Japanese should sign up for Japanese 101.
Students with some previous experience in Japanese should contact Sumiko Gibson at (970) 351-2240 or via e-mail at: sumiko.gibson@unco.edu.

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